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Architects chosen for new Maritime Administration building
The Maritime Administration (Capitania dos Portos - CP) will relocate their office to the rear of the UNESCO-listed Moorish Barracks and the architecture firm that will design the new building has been chosen. Architects Kam Fong Wa and Hou Meng Chan presented the winning proposal, newspaper Tribuna de Macau revealed yesterday.
The Land, Public Works and Transport Bureau (DSSOPT) and the Maritime Administration (CP) announced the decision in a letter sent to the winning architecture firm. The project cost is estimated to reach MOP 7.5 million and was the most expensive of the five proposals that reached the final phase.
DSSOPT and CP received 34 bids for the redevelopment of the Moorish Barracks area to accommodate the CP headquarters, with ten selected as the best of the bids. Last May, the Evaluation Committee, chaired by architect Carlos Marreiros, chose the five works that got a prize of MOP 100,000 to further develop the architectural design of the new building of the Port and to optimize the surrounding area. The Evaluation Committee, composed of nine experts from the heritage, architecture, culture, urban planning and engineering sectors and government representatives chose the five finalists but did not select the winner.
Carlos Marreiros revealed to the Macau Daily Times that “the winning team was amongst his two favourite projects”. According to the Albergue SCM Director, the Kam Fong Wa and Hou Meng Chan project “respects the tradition, the built heritage and urban living very typical of the Inner Port area”. Further more, it “has an environmentally friendly tendency and it’s an airy building,” he added.
Environmental and historical requirements
The design project is required to highlight the role of the heritage site as a connection point in the Historic Centre of Macau, “in order to enrich the tourist route,” the DSSOPT said when the public tender was announced. In addition, “it should also enhance the image of Macau as a riverside city, extending and enhancing the historical value of the Moorish Barracks, in respect to their historical and cultural differences.”
The proposals were obliged to take into account the harmony between the architectural environment of the Moorish Barracks and its historical and cultural specificities and feature the old and new in a harmonious way. The new building should also implement eco-friendly solutions. Bidders had to consider the principles of green architecture in order to create a low-carbon and energy efficient office.
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